• Cait O'Malley

2019's Hottest Wedding Trends from Ottawa's Experts

The 2019 wedding season is just around the corner, and brides everywhere are pouring over Instagram and Pinterest to figure out what hot new details they can incorporate into their wedding.

If you've been following along for a while, you know that I'm a firm believer that a couple's personal style and values should play a lead role in shaping their wedding aesthetic, but there's nothing wrong with incorporating elements of the latest trends when it works with your design.

To get the lowdown on what's coming up hot this year, we chatted with some of our fave Ottawa creatives in the wedding aesthetics department. We've got your top hits below and are throwing in some of our own trend predictions that will be spicing up the 2019 wedding season!


For all things paper, we chatted with Emma, of Emma Allen Design Studio, and Krista, of Wishtree Invitations and Designs Inc.

What colours are you seeing a lot of?

Emma: I’m still seeing timeless colours like blush and off-whites, but I’m also seeing trendier colour families like burnt oranges, mustards, and even browns.

Krista: Blush and Gold are still going strong, navy as well, but greens and jewel tones are making their way in.

Emma Allen Design Studio | Genevieve Renee Photography

What kind of font combinations?

Emma: I’ve noticed a comeback for bigger, bolder typeface fonts which is a huge contrast to the small, elegant font sizes / types that dominated the last 3-4 seasons.

Krista: Still the use of soft, organic calligraphy with either a serif or sans serif font. Although there's starting to be a shift into a more elegant look; strong serifs, minimal swirls.

What kind of elements or details are people using to customize/personalize their wedding?

Emma: Couples are having custom monograms designed that can be used throughout many details leading up to, and on the day of their wedding.

Krista: Wax seals! Love them. Envelope liners too.

Wishtree Invitations & Design Inc. | Anne-Marie Bouchard Photography

What are some previous trends that carries through to this year?

Emma: So far, trends that have carried through to this year are silk ribbon, wax seals, vellum, envelope liners, and modern calligraphy.

Krista: Minimal layout, soft colours and heavy use of florals.

Wishtree Invitations & Design Inc. | Anne-Marie Bouchard Photography

What is a trend or style you're really hoping to do more of?

Emma: Something I’d like to work more with this year is acrylic signage- there are so many different types of acrylic and they can add really elegant, modern touches to the couples wedding experience.

Krista: Dark and moody. Opposite end of the pendulum.

Emma Allen Design Studio


When it comes to the latest in gorgeous blooms, we chatted with Carla, of Capital Florist, and Katherine, of Pollen Nation Design Studio.

What colours are you seeing a lot of?

Carla: Lots of bold colour palettes. You can expect to see a lot of different shades of burgundy at play this season, combined with darker greenery and textured blooms in accent colors like blue thistle, viburnum blue berries or white anemones.

Katherine: There tends to be either one side of the colour spectrum or the other this year. Lots of warmer tones like, corals, apricots, burnt oranges and bright pinks mixed together, or the complete opposite so colder, smokey blue tones with pops of navy and crisp white.

Capital Florist | Rubicon Photography

What kind of flower combinations?

Carla: Textures! 2019 is all about the textures. Brides have significantly stepped away from asking for specific blooms instead they are asking for texture! You can expect to see a lot of the premium blooms like ranunculus, anemones, hellebores mixed in with your everyday blooms like carnations, roses and lisianthus because they all bring a unique layer of texture to each design. Oh and tons of mixed greenery!

Katherine: lots of romantic favourites like peonies, ranunculus, anemones, lisianthus, dahlias mixed with textural florals such as lilacs, Queen Ann’s lace, privet berry, and lace cap hydrangea.

Pollen Nation Floral Studio

What types of statement flowers are big this year?

Carla: Anemones without a doubt! White anemones! Need I say more!?

Katherine: If looking to make a strong floral statement then Pampas grass, café au lait dahlias, king protea and phalenopsis orchids are always strong contenders. They all work wonderfully together or as a stand alone statement piece.

Capital Florist | Mocha Tree Studios

What are some previous trends that carried through to this year?

Carla: Blooms-free weddings! Mixed greenery is going to be everywhere! We’ll be seeing a lot of ‘just greenery’ everything from bouquets, flower crowns, and boutonnieres, to garlands, arbors, and centerpieces.

Katherine: Pampass grass installations and big statement pieces rather than the usual traditional centrepieces on the tables etc.

Pollen Nation Design Studio | Ali & Batoul Photography

What is a trend or style you're really hoping to do more of?

Carla: Larger reception installations, or repurposed ceremony installations. Hanging greenery above the dance floor, free standing pillars, and moongates. Anything that basically looks like it was taken from a garden because it’s covered in greenery and blooms!

Katherine: Very minimal to no greenery when placed with florals. lots of textured seasonal local organic blooms with sophisticated colour palettes. Striving to be as ecologically friendly as possible!

Capital Florist | Photography By Emma

Design predictions

As for the wedding design, we are definitely seeing couples get excited about colour. Whether that be bold pops paired with classic romantic shades, jewel tones, or even monochromatic palettes, colour is going to play a big role in designs this year.

Bourbon & Bloom | Photography by Emma

Statement installations are also going to make a big splash. Full floral walls, epic overhead pieces and massive balloon installations are all going to make an appearance. This year's trend is alllll about going big or going home.

Bourbon & Bloom | Photography by Emma

On the other end of the spectrum, minimalism is also making a great comeback with neutral palettes, clean lines and seemingly modest trimmings. To add personality into the modern minimalist wedding, couples are going to get a lot more creative with their dinnerware and place setting details.

Bourbon & Bloom | Photography by Emma

Finally, while soft colour palettes and romantic details are always a classic, and are definitely sticking around, we're also going to see an emergence of all things edgy. 2018 saw the ultra textured, moody shade boho bouquet go big. 2019 is going next level and carrying those edgy pieces across all areas of the aesthetics.

Bourbon & Bloom | Charlotte Northroppe Photography

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